DaveNet: Lott tripped by bloggers?
Mena Trott: "We'll be adding RSD support to the default templates in the next version of MT." Bravo!
Joi Ito: "As everyone begins to add feature sets, grow more quickly and become more commercial, the ability for everyone to maintain compatibility and still compete will be a difficult but important effort." True.
Warchalking is chosen by the NY Times as one of the ideas of the year.
Carolyn Myss: "Have you ever wondered what your mission in life is supposed to be?"
Chris Gulker: "At the half-empty Jing Jing, solicitous management rearranged table after table as bloggers rolled in."
Jon Udell: "Fast-Talk Communications' revolutionary phonetic indexing and search technology brings the magic of full-text search to the formerly opaque realms of audio recordings and video soundtracks."
A milestone today, My Weblog Outliner has a tester, Adam Curry. I'm waiting to hear from him if it worked. My notes are on my Radio weblog, written with MWO of course. Just checking, it still works with Moveable Type.
News.Com: "Microsoft has yet to disclose the proprietary dialect, or underlying schema, of the XML used in Office 11."
Tim Bray, via email, re the News.Com article, above: "This story is just silly and technically illiterate. The XML tags are already in the hands of thousands of beta developers. XML is an open and quite self-describing file format. Who needs the damn schema? If MS sent the schema and I was writing the software to parse this stuff, I wouldn't trust the lousy schema for a second, I'd work off the data anyhow. The schema might be a little help in documenting what's going on if MS structured it cleanly and commented it copiously and kept it up to date with the releases of the software. I'm not holding my breath given all the other schemas I've worked with."
Sean McGrath: "I want to believe, I really do but I'm not falling for the 'It's in XML so its completely open ya know' mullarky and neither should you." Smart man. The last version of Office made the same claim, and a lot of us believed them, until we saw the files, which were a bunch of gobbledygook, and no easier to parse than a binary file.
PS: I'd love to see an example of one or two of the Office 11 files, and be able to share them with my readers.
Creative Commons launch
Creative Commons press release. "People want to bridge the public domain with the realm of private copyrights," said Stanford Law Professor and Creative Commons Chairman Lawrence Lessig.
This morning Creative Commons opened up a formerly private part of their site containing enumerations of the different licenses they support. It's very simple. A document, a weblog, a RSS file, a PDF or whatever, can specify which license applies. On the CC site, they tell you how to do it with RDF, but I'm interested in a solution that can be used in RSS 2.0 files, so we can in turn add a user interface to Rado and Manila (and others can do it for other authoring tools) that tie into the CC system. I totally support the idea of lawyers helping creative people instead of controlling us, but I can't convert everything I do to RDF to show my support. Tonight is their launch. I'm going to it. If we can get a namespace defined and vetted today, I can announce our support tonight.So here's the RFC. Have a read, and post comments on the discussion group or send via email. Thanks.
RFC: creativeCommons RSS Module. "A RSS module that adds an element at the <channel> or <item> level that specifies which Creative Commons license applies."
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